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The Rise of the Krays is a 2015 British true-crime thriller about two twins that unleash a psychotic reign of terror in London’s East End.

Directed by Zackary Adler (The Courier; Rise of the Footsoldier 3; The Fall of the Krays) from a screenplay co-written by Ken Brown and Sebastian Brown (The Fall of the Krays).

The Saracen Films-Torn Pictures production stars Kevin Leslie, Simon Cotton, Phil Dunster, Danny Midwinter, Dan Parr and Alexa Morden.


“Obviously, there were many erroneous decisions made when this was given the green light…but, it is not a terrible film…it’s not a great film (far from it)… it’s all very drama-school […] Adler’s direction is ambitious…but, overly ebullient – you can almost hear his excitement as each scene is filmed…” CGiii

“Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie are ideally cast, convincing in outstanding performances as Ronnie and Reggie, while James Weber Brown plays Leslie, the dogged copper on their case. Ken Brown and Sebastian Brown manage a credible, vibrant, informative, real-seeming screenplay, with good dialogue. Adler’s direction is commendable, sharp and spare.” Derek Winnert

The Rise of the Krays does a good job of putting you in 1950s/1960s Britain with set designs that look and feel authentic, and although the film touches on a lot – but not all – of the known stories about the twins it doesn’t really dwell on anything for too long or in a glamourous way […] probably the most credible dramatisation of the Kray twins’ story…” Flickering Myth

“Simon Cotton makes his acting debut here playing a psychotic, domineering Ronnie Kray. The inexperienced Cotton actually handles the part compitantly, and with this over-the-top take on the character, the overacting isn’t quite as noticeable. Kevin Leslie plays brother Reggie, and again, does a decent job performing the ruthless gangster.” Influx

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